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How to Make Fingerless Gloves From an Old Sweater

Fingerless Gloves | DIY | How to Make Fingerless Gloves From an Old Sweater | creativecaincabin.comThis is going to be hard to believe but it officially snowed in Michigan Friday so I decided I had better start making myself some fingerless gloves. I love to wear them while I’m working on the computer, my hands are always so cold. I have priced them and not willing to pay $85 for a pair so I decided to make my own. They can be made in less than 20 minutes for under $3. Now that sounds like a much better price, right? I started with a GW, Anne Klein Cashmere sweater, that’s where the $3 came in, and cashmere will last forever and always look nice so I couldn’t go wrong. A few minutes of my time, and I’m a happy camper.

Below are the instructions on how I made the fingerless gloves. You don’t have to be a whiz at the sewing machine to make these, they’re super easy and fast to make. They would make great Christmas gifts, and they’re a little addictive once you start making them it’s hard to stop. 

How to Make Fingerless Gloves From an Old Sweater | CreativeCainCabin.comStep #1 – Find an old sweater or grab one from GW.

Step #2 – Cut the sleeves off just above above the elbows. 

Step #3 – Turn sleeves inside out and stitch the inside seam according to your arm size. I like mine to fit snug so they stay up. I just slipped them on and eyeballed how tight to make them. There’s no wrong way.

Step #4 – While inside out sew a seam around the raw edge at what is now the top of your gloves, put them on and cut a small slit to accommodate your thumb, stitch by hand the thumb hole.

Fingerless Gloves | DIY | How to Make Fingerless Gloves From an Old Sweater | creativecaincabin.comNow put them on and look super cute. Another way to wear them is scrunched at the wrist. If you have something bulky on this looks great and also fits better than stretching the gloves over a bulky sweater. A big Thank You to my model Britney, she volunteered to pose for me, and did a wonderful job.


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    1. You’re going to need some of these soon too girl 🙂

  1. Great project Dawn! We didn’t get any snow here, but the hubby and I took a walk down by the Detroit River this morning, there was some ice around the dock! I’m sad to say that winter is just around the corner…Have a good week!!

    1. Cheryl yep ice on everything here too and it’s bitter cold.

  2. So cute, but definitely not something I need. Unless of course we get snow and are able to take a lot of ski trips.

    Stay warm!

    1. Carol no you won’t be needing any but it has already snowed here and the temps in the day are 34.

  3. What a great idea. I might even be able to follow the directions. Have a great rest of your weekend. xo Laura

    1. Laura they are so easy to make and quite addictive.

    1. Thank you Debbie, and we are needing them here right now. Are you getting the snow?

  4. We also had snow Saturday morning, not much but it sure has turned cold around here. We may live in N. California (most people think California has eternal summer) but living in the Sierra’s means cold snowy winters. Since the ski resort provides a lot of winter work around this little town snow is usually welcomed by all, even sun lovers like myself. So I crank up the heat in my little studio cottage and paint away the snowy days. I fingerless gloves, especially cashmere ones sound right up my alley!

    1. Pam I spent 2 winters in California one in Northern, did some skiing, and one in LA I much prefer northern over all that smog and busyness. The gloves would be perfect when painting.

  5. Really adorable. I need to make some. Lord knows i have enough GW sweaters laying around here!!!
    xo kris

    1. HaHa Kris, you could make them as Christmas gifts.

    1. I know Susan can you believe we had snow? They are calling for accumulation in the next two weeks. Looks like we’re in for a bad winter again.

  6. Nancy Blue Moon says:

    This is great Dawn..I have to go looking for a few cheap sweaters..Thanks!

    1. Nancy, hit up your local GW or even your closet. Kids sweaters work too, and you don’t have to take them in they are already a nice skinny size and don’t slide down your arm.

  7. Regina Stillings says:

    hi Dawn! what kind of stitch do you do around the thumbholes? can you show what they look like closeup? I’m afraid mine aren’t looking right! thanks!!

  8. No snow here in Virginia yet, but we are hoping for a snowy winter this year. One or two big snows per season is all we ask. Love the gloves!

    1. Diane I love snow and I’m hoping we get buried in it this year 🙂

      1. Me too! Have not had a lot in the past couple of years. Seems to get lighter each year. So sad.

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